Criminal Justice in South Dakota

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in South Dakota


Approximately 0.8% of graduates in of South Dakota receive criminal justice degrees every year. That means an estimated 173 criminal justice professionals graduate from South Dakota's 13 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

University of South Dakota, which was ranked 36th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in South Dakota that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Vermillion. In 2010, 50 students graduated from University of South Dakota's criminal justice program. University of South Dakota charged in-state students $6,762 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in South Dakota that has a criminal justice program is Dakota Wesleyan University. Dakota Wesleyan University, which was ranked 46th in the country in 2010, is located in Mitchell. 6 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2010. The tuition rate at Dakota Wesleyan University was $19,850 per year.

The third-ranked school in South Dakota that has a criminal justice program is National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension. National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension, which was ranked 72nd in the country in 2010, is located in Ellsworth AFB. Tuition at National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension was $6,800 per year.

Cost

Tuition at South Dakota's criminal justice schools ranges from $21,890 per year to $3,154 per year. But, the average tuition is $11,257 per year. In 2010, the criminal justice schools that charged the highest tuition rates in South Dakota were:

  1. University of Sioux Falls - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $21,890 per year
  2. Mount Marty College - located in Yankton, students are charged $19,932 per year
  3. Dakota Wesleyan University - located in Mitchell, students are charged $19,850 per year

The criminal justice schools in South Dakota that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Sinte Gleska University - located in Mission, students are charged $3,154 per year
  2. Southeast Technical Institute - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $3,606 per year
  3. Western Dakota Technical Institute - located in Rapid City, students are charged $4,860 per year

A criminal justice degree from a South Dakota school... what next?

criminal justice graduates in South Dakota can go into a variety of professions such as special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal. If you decide to work as a criminal justice professional in South Dakota, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 3,430 South Dakota criminal justice professional as of 2010. This number includes 1,290 correctional officers, 220 special agents, and 160 private detectives. The largest populations of South Dakota criminal justice professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Beadle County - 930 criminal justice professionals
  2. Lincoln County - 730 criminal justice professionals
  3. Bennett County - 390 criminal justice professionals

Salary

On average, criminal justice professionals earn $36,212 per year. However, South Dakota criminal justice professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $16,680 per year to more than $119,330 per year in 2010. The counties in South Dakota with the highest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Meade County - $43,100 per year
  2. Aurora County - $34,650 per year
  3. Beadle County - $32,007 per year

On average, criminal justice professionals earn the least in the following South Dakota counties:

  1. Lincoln County - $28,980 per year
  2. Bennett County - $30,633 per year
  3. Beadle County - $32,007 per year

The criminal justice professionals with highest average salaries in South Dakota were:

  1. Special Agent - $64,140 per year
  2. Paralegal - $37,770 per year
  3. Private Detective - $37,190 per year

The criminal justice professionals with lowest average salaries in South Dakota were:

  1. Security Guard - $25,510 per year
  2. Bailiff - $19,110 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional South Dakota statistics regarding a career in criminal justice and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as criminology or forensic science.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in South Dakota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in South Dakota

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,576 miles from location University of South Dakota Vermillion SD 64.495 41% 9,617
6,564 miles from location Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls SD 19.5942 n/a 2,489
6,879 miles from location National American University-Rapid City Rapid City SD 12.6507 n/a 1,973
6,562 miles from location University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD 24.3457 41% 1,570
6,600 miles from location Mount Marty College Yankton SD 23.7367 45% 1,214
6,877 miles from location Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City SD 21.9694 53% 1,152
6,564 miles from location Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls SD 10.9095 n/a 1,060
6,757 miles from location Sinte Gleska University Mission SD 13.4932 n/a 936
6,626 miles from location Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell SD 53.9083 39% 763
6,564 miles from location National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD 6.11863 n/a 554
6,565 miles from location Globe University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD n/a n/a 336
6,562 miles from location Kilian Community College Sioux Falls SD 6.73111 n/a 336
0 miles from location National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth AFB SD 27.8425 n/a 329
 

Curious what studying Criminal Justice gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in South Dakota

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Correctional Officers and Jailers + 1,290 $33,550 14.2%
2
Security Guards + 1,130 $25,510 5.6%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 530 $37,770 60.6%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 220 $64,140 -8.3%
5
Private Detectives and Investigators + 160 $37,190 77.8%
6
Bailiffs + 100 $19,110 42.9%
 

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